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Yorkshire Wildlife Park prepares for Tiger Day

Yorkshire Wildlife Park will be celebrating International Tiger Day on Saturday to raise awareness of their rare Amur Tigers. Photo: Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park will be celebrating International Tiger Day on Saturday to raise awareness of their rare Amur Tigers.

Their foundation has supported the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance since 2012.

This involves fundraising, and supporting conservation programmes – including a grant of £18,000 for a vital rescue and rehabilitation centre in Alekseevka, in Russia.

Mum, Tschuna, and her two-year- old cub, Hope Credit: Yorkshire Wildlife Park

There are less that 450 Amur Tigers thought to be left in the wild in Russia, due to disappearing habitats caused by climate change and the expansion of cities, and poaching for medicine.

Mum, Tschuna, and her two-year- old cub, Hope, will be on show – they are part of a global breeding programme for their species.

Hope is used to being centre of attention – her birth was broadcast on YouTube in 2015, and was viewed five million times.

Carnivore Team Leader Kim Wilkins says:

The Amur tigers at YWP are favourites with our visitors who are shocked to hear about the status in the wild.

We will be collecting at our regular tiger talks on Global Tiger Day to support conservation initiatives to protect these beautiful animals in the wild.

There is still a very long way to go. During the past 100 years tiger numbers worldwide have dropped by 97%.

– Carnivore Team Leader Kim Wilkins

The park currently has four Amur Tigers in residence – as well as Tschuna and Hope, they have two males called Vladmir and Sayan.